Please join us for the premiere screening of a film by Shapour Daneshmand that tells teh story of the Iranian Baha'is, a story of peaceful resilience in spite of bleak injustice. Through the compilation of hundreds of individual interviews, the documentary aims to give a voice to the families long silenced by the hand of the Iranian government and spark discussion on putting an end to generations of government sanctioned human rights violations. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including filmmaker Shapour Daneshmand.
Location: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University.
In a stirring display of solidarity and good will, some 300 representatives of religious communities and civil society organizations gathered for a conference in Madrid on an issue of acute concern—forced migration. The event was held at the Iglesia de Jesus Church in Madrid on 20 June 2017, the International Day for Refugees.
Source: Forced migration calls for faith in action | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)
MELBOURNE, Australia — Released last Friday, a new music video features Australian popular singer and performer Nathaniel Willemse singing a prayer by Baha’u’llah.
The song, titled “Power Over All Things,” was composed this year in honor of the two hundred year anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, which is being commemorated in October. Inspired by the hopeful vision in the Baha’i writings, the song is one of countless musical expressions unfolding across the planet in this momentous year, ranging from grassroots initiatives to national and... Read more about Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)
BAHA’I FAITH BICENTENNIAL BIRTHS OF THE BAB AND BAHA’U’LLAH OCTOBER 2017
The world’s Baha’i community is gearing up to celebrate the twin-celebration of their Holy Days – the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah. One of the world’s most recent religions, the Baha’is are today present in every continent, and have some of the world’s most beautiful houses of worship, such as the Lotus Temple in Delhi (one of the most visited buildings in the world) and the new House of Worship in Chile.
THE BAHA’IS BELIEVE IN TOTAL EQUALITY AND HAVE NO NEED FOR AN INTERMEDIARY BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND GOD.
The Baha'i Faith is one of the newest entrants in the spiritual world. However, the roots of this faith lie in the old Abrahamic religions. The Baha'is believe that their Faith was revealed as series of messages, proclaimed at different times by different messengers beginning with Abraham, followed by Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. The Baha'is in Eastern countries like India also believe that deities such as Krishna and Buddha too are messengers of the Baha'i faith.
The Religion, Health, and Healing Initiative (RHHI), under the direction of Dr. Susan Sered, was established in September 2000 in order to further cross-cultural studies of the intersections of healing and religion. The impetus for the initiative was the desire to turn rigorous intellectual attention to the many ways in which religious practices, beliefs, and institutions construct, and are constructed by, experiences of illness, health, and healing cross-culturally.
While the RHHI has run its course, other programs dedicated to the study of religion and healing continue exploring this rich aspect of contemporary culture. The Boston Healing Landscape Project, under the direction of Linda Barnes, is an important source of information on religion and healing in Boston, especially in African Diaspora communities.
During its four-year course, the Religion, Health and Healing Initiative generated several bodies of work.
Religious Healing in Boston: A series of essays exploring ways in which diverse Boston communities draw on religious and spiritual practices and ideas in response to illness and suffering. Highlighting a variety of Boston areas communities, the essays offer windows into the many ways in which members of our society draw upon religious and spiritual resources at times of illness and suffering. The papers originally appeared in three publications edited by Susan Sered and produced by the Center for the Study of World Religions.... Read more about Susan Sered